• Journalism



The Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism is an intensive one-year programme aimed at preparing graduates for a career in print, broadcast and online journalism and other communication industries. You will receive intensive training in media ethics and law, newsgathering and writing, research and analysis, and multimedia reporting. It requires total commitment – at least 30 hours a week – but you will be well prepared for the real world of journalism.

UC also offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Journalism for students to carry out an original research thesis on an aspect of journalism.

Graduates are highly competent and multi-skilled professionals who will think critically about their work, and who care about standards and ethical issues. Many guest lecturers are professional journalists and contribute to the stimulating environment essential for students to build reflective journalism practice.

Intensive practical training

Journalism study at UC gives you intensive practical training within an intellectually stimulating framework to foster analysis of the news media and the deeper issues affecting journalists. Students within the PGDipJ will report for local newsrooms and contribute to a range of news media throughout the year, including broadcasting live to air on the local radio station RDU. Mid-year, you will be placed in newsrooms around Te Waipounamu South Island and, later in the year, you will be placed in newsrooms around the country for a capstone internship.


There are a number of Journalism scholarships on offer at UC, including multiple awards funding travel overseas to research news media.

Contact us

School of Language, Social and Political Sciences

Phone +64 3 369 3377

6th Floor, Locke Building – see campus maps

Postal address
College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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